Community Service Project


MPSTMA Members Rise to Occasion; 
Renovate Baseball Field on August 19

Once again, members of the Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association rose to the occasion and renovated a baseball field for the 12th year in a row. This year’s project was Legion Field in Buffalo, MN. In general, the field was in good shape prior to the renovation but needed work on the mound and home plate areas.

MagicTurf’s Mike Brunelle and staff did prep work on the renovation prior to the August 19 project. MagicTurf also provided equipment and supplies and labor for this year’s CSP.

The project itself was led by retired member and certified sports field manager Mike McDonald who made sure all volunteers had something productive to do. McDonald has been the driving force of all 12 renovations. Those who participate in the CSP’s know how valuable McDonald’s knowledge, work ethic and managing abilities are to MPSTMA’s annual project.

The City of Buffalo was represented by Adam Farrell, Carrie Kutiliner, Tim Pearson and Thomas Eckstein. Other’s from Buffalo included high schoolers: Carson Schwartz, Jack Lauer, Jon Euerle and Jake Diske. Ramon Vega, a former Buffalo town ball player and now a coach with a homerun record on the field paid close attention to the renovations and will make sure those maintaining the mound and field will do it properly. Vega was in the San Francisco Giants Baseball Club system.

Luke Wittrock, University of St. Thomas, took control of recreating the pitcher’s mound with help from Simeon who then turned his attention to revamping the home plate area.

Mike Zwisler and Tom Thul, The Tessman Seed Company, provided needed supplies and labor.

John Braunshausen and Eric Brunelle, MN Equipment, provided key equipment and labor.

MTI Distributing Inc.’s Larry Gorman was a useful participant by bringing a Toro Workman and hauling clay, sod, dirt and whatever else was needed throughout the day.

The City of Plymouth volunteers included Brian Swartzer, Jesse Belarr and Samantha Poeschl.

Other valuable assets for the day include: Matt Grosjean, CSFM, ISD 197; Nate Mezera, EC Grow; Trent Watters, City of Roseville; Mark Roschen and Joe Bronk, City of Lakeville; Gary Ringus, SlatTrax, and Ben Boeding, CSFM, Minnesota Sodding Company.

Also, special thanks to Joe Churchill, Reinders for donating supplies.

Each year, the MPSTMA chooses a CSP from a list of applicants by visiting the fields that apply. If your field is in need of renovation, go to the CSP tab at and apply!

CSP Volunteers were:
Adam Farrell, Buffalo
Carrie Kotlinek, Buffalo
Carson Schwartz, Buffalo
Jack Lauer, Buffalo
Jake Duke, Buffalo
Jon Eaerle, Buffalo
Ramon Vega, Buffalo
Thomas Eckstein, Buffalo
Tim Pearson, Buffalo
Nate Zemera, EC Grow
Matt Grosjean, CSFM, ISD 179
Joe Bronk, Lakeville
Mark Roschen, Lakeville
Ben Wallin, St. Francis Schools
Dave Simeon, Woodhill Country Club
Mike Brunelle, MagicTurfs, Inc.
Eric Brunelle, MN Equipment
John Braunshausen, MN Equipment
Jeff Turtinen, MPSTMA
Ben Boeding, CSFM, MSC
Larry Gorman, MTI
Brian Swartzer, Plymouth
Jesse Belarr, Plymouth
Samantha Poeschl, Plymouth
Mike McDonald, CSFM, Retired
Trent Waters, Roseville
Gary Ringus, Slat Trax
Mike Zwisler, The Tessman Company
Tom Thul, The Tessman Company
Luke Wittrock, University of St. Thomas

The following projects were performed: Home Plate Circle Renovation; Pitcher Mound Renovation; Arc Restoration/3rd Base Overrun Repair, and Ag-lime Restoration.

Home Plate Circle:
+ Plate to be raised 2 inches
+ Clay added and graded
+ Front of circle: cut out, graded, sodded

Pitcher Mound:
+ Mound returned to 18 ft. diameter
+ Mound rebuilt to specs with clay

Arc Restoration/3rd Base Overrun:
+ Arc restored to 92”
+ Lip from 2nd to 3rd removed and restored
+ Overrun at 3rd restored to match 1st Base

+ Fill Base paths
+ Grade Infield

In 2019, Osseo's Memorial Field was Renovated by MPSTMA!
On September 25, more than 30 people volunteered their time and efforts at this year's MPSTMA Community Service Project at Memorial Field in Osseo. 
A special thanks to our participating vendors. Without their help and equipment, not nearly as much would have been accomplished. Tom Groh and his staff from Minnesota Sodding Company went beyond what was expected. Steve Berg, Berg Turf, was also a tremendous asset. Special thanks to Plaisted Companies and The Tessman Company for their contributions.

Nine Certified Sports Field Managers from MPSTMA were on-hand to renovate Memorial Field in Osseo.
From left to right: Ben Boeding, Minnesota Sodding Company; Mark Kruse, City of Lakeville; Reid Johnson, St. Paul Academy & Summit School; Mike McDonald, Unviersity of Minnesota / TCF Bank Stadium; Roger Weinbrenner, Minnesota Sodding Company; Matt Grosjean, Independent School District #179; Joshua Gerth, Bethel University, and Tom Rudberg, Minnesota Sodding Company. The ninth CSFM was Steve Berg, Berg Turf, who was there for most of the day but missed the photo opp.

Complete Volunteer List:
1. Mike McDonald, CSFM, University of Minnesota / TCF Bank Stadium
2. Ben Boeding, CSFM, Minnesota Sodding Company
3. Roger Weinbrenner, CSFM, Minnesota Sodding Company
4. Tom Groh, Minnesota Sodding Company
5. Tom Rudberg, CSFM, Minnesota Sodding Company
6. Kent Harris, Minnesota Sodding Company
7. Steve Berg, CSFM, Berg Turf
8. Joshua Gerth, CSFM, Bethel University
9. Dillon Crum, Bethel University
10 Tim Anderson, Bethel University
11 Larry Gorman, MTI Distributing Company
12. Terry Young, MTI Distributing Company
13. Bob Frank, MTI Distributing Company
14. Reid Johnson, CSFM, St. Paul Academy & Summit School
15. Matt Grosjean, CSFM, ISD #197
16. Tom Thul, The Tessman Company
17. Tom O'hern, Pioneer Athletics
18. Mike Kelly, Twin City Seed Company / Environmental Agrinomics
19. Mark Kruse, CSFM, City of Lakeville
20 Joe Bronk, City of Lakeville
21 Mark Roschton, City of Lakeville
22. Chase Straw, University of Minnesota
23. Tom Shaw, ISD #279
24. Tyler Moseng, ISD #279
25. Jesse Phenow, ISD #279
26. Mark Klimer, ISD #279
27. Jesse Phenow, ISD #279
28. Bob Anderson, City of Osseo
29. Scott Bernardson, City of Osseo
30 T. J. Mattson, City of Osseo
31 Jeff Wolff, Osseo Baseball Parent
32 Greg Nimms, Osseo Baseball Parent
33. Joe Lavin, Osseo Baseball Coach / Teacher
34. Bill Quan, Osseo Schools Activities Coordinator
35. Jeff Turtinen, MPSTMA
++ a number of kids who will be using the field!